THE SECRET IS FINALLY OUT

Over the years I’ve worked extremley hard to build my business, there’s been up’s and down’s and definite lessons to be learned. The time has now come for changes to be made in order to utilise my time more efficiently and provide a better service for my clients so… THE SECRET IS FINALLY OUT!

When I originally started the business my idea of being mobile made sense for my clients, to stop them from having to travel out and park etc before going to their event, they could have their treatments in the comfort and privacy of their own home, and that worked for many years.

As my business grew and grew and my workload increased (and seen as I haven’t yet found a way to clone myself) my time was precious and I was turning a lot of clients away as I just didn’t have the time, purely from all the travelling I was doing.

So I started to think of my options …Do I cut the number of weddings I take on? Do I rent a space somewhere?….and this is where the idea of the studio was created.

Being a bridal specialist means my work is predominantly bridal, for which I travel to the bride’s venue where she has me exclusivley for that time, I’m not rushing off for other appointments, I’m with her until she walks down the aisle.

However for every wedding I have a trial and this is where it was getting increasingly more difficult to fit in around not only my workload but my clients’ work, their family…. and hubby to be’s getting in the way. So I thought I would create a private studio where my brides could come out of the way…away from kids, pets, phones, the postman…whoever! and just relax and enjoy her makeup trial.

I hope having the studio means I can provide a more relaxing, luxurious environment for my brides and accomodate more client’s wanting to have their makeup done.

Being self employed, wanting a successful business whilst juggling bringing up a family is always tricky…my goals are to get a better work/life balance, not quite mastered it so far so let’s hope the studio will help in that process and watch this space for 2019.

A lot of time has gone into creating the studio and it is almost complete, I’m just working on a few finishing touches and then it will be open for business at the end of July.

These are some of the progress pics so far…

THE SECRET IS FINALLY OUT

THE SECRET IS FINALLY OUT

THE SECRET IS FINALLY OUT

THE SECRET IS FINALLY OUT

THE SECRET IS FINALLY OUT

 

Hope you like the studio and I can’t wait for you all to visit

 

lucie makeup artist

 

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TIPS ON HOW TO APPLY STRIP LASHES

This is often something people struggle with and nothing makes me cringe more than poorly applied lashes so here’s some TIPS ON HOW TO APPLY STRIP LASHES.

Firstly it’s not easy applying them to yourself, but practice makes perfect, the more you do it the better you will be, so hang on in there.

TIPS ON HOW TO APPLY STRIP LASHES

Here are some tips to hopefully make the process a little easier

BAND OR NO BAND

Some lashes have an “invisible” band these can sometimes feel more comfortable to wear and are sometimes easier to mold to the eye. However some people find the lashes with a band easier to apply as they hold their shape better when applying them, it’s all down to personal preference.

LENGTH AND THICKNESS

This is really down to personal preference, the longer and thicker they are the less natural they will look and they won’t feel as comfortable. So if you are new to lashes start light and work up.

CHECK THE LASH WIDTH

All lashes come in a variety of widths and so do people’s eyes, so before you apply the lashes measure them against your own eye and trim where necessary so they are a perfect fit. Lashes which come too close to your inner eye will often feel uncomfortable, lashes shouldn’t extend past the outer eye.

HOLD YOUR MIRROR LOW

The hardest thing about getting the positioning of the lashes correct is that when looking in the mirror straight in front of you your own lashes are in the way. By having the mirror down low you are looking down and your eyelashes are also lower, giving you a better angle to apply the lash.

THROW THE LASH GLUE AWAY

Some maybe better than others but I always discard the lash glue that comes with the lashes and use a better quality adhesive, my favourite is Duo glue.

LET IT DRY SLIGHTLY

When you apply the glue to the lash, wait a minute or so for the lash glue to start to dry before applying, its less likely to slide around when you place it on your lashes and also you have less time to hold in place and wait for it to fully dry.

APPLY THEM TO THE BASE OF YOUR LASHES

There’s nothing worse than seeing lashes stuck to your eyelid, make sure you squeeze them to your lashes to avoid a gap.

APPLY EYELINER

Apply eyeliner before your lashes to give your lashes a dark base, which will also help to disguise any gap. Apply eyeliner after lashes to help disguise the lash band and create a seamless finish.

I hope you found this helpful, if you have any questions feel free to comment below

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MY LATEST CHARLOTTE TILBURY HAUL

As if I needed to buy anymore makeup, but when it comes to Charlotte Tilbury I just can’t resist. I have been building up my collection slowly but surely (See my last post here) but this week I had a big blow out and ordered twice in a week, so here’s what I got in my latest Charlotte Tilbury haul.

The purpose of my first order was to get a brown eyeliner for a bride that had specified brown over black, you can’t just order an eyeliner so before I knew it I was click happy and my basket was filling up by the second!

MY LATEST CHARLOTTE TILBURY HAUL

First things first, what I actually came for, a Rock ‘n’ Kohl eye liner in Barberella brown….and one in Bedroom black to keep it company. I didn’t realise just how much I would love this brown eyeliner, it’s really dark just a hint softer than black, I smoke it out with a pencil brush, it blends out nicely yet it isn’t too creamy that it’s going to melt down your face.

My Wonderglow was getting low so this was straight in the basket, this is my 4th repurchase of Wonderglow, a beautiful instant soft focus primer which provides a great base for makeup.

I had seen the new Hollywood Flawless Filter popping up all over social media and although I was unsure what the product was, I was still intrigued and 2 ended up in the basket. If I’m totally honest I’m still unsure on what this product is designed for it has a soft glow but has coverage, too glowy to use all over as a foundation yet more that just a highlighter. That being said I do really like it and have been applying a light cover of my doublewear and then adding the Flawless Filter for a slight extra coverage and glow on areas such as cheeks and nose.

Whilst we are on the glow topic I also purchased the Beauty light wand, a beautiful creamy highlighter that melts beautifully into the skin.

Lipgloss doesn’t tend to feature much in my kit as I find that the glossy texture is a magnet for loose curls and veils if there is a breeze. However I have started to get asked for it so I thought I would try a couple of the Charlotte Tilbury glosses. I ordered Portobello girl and Sweet Stiletto, these glosses apply beautifully and have a nice, thick-ish consistency that you can tell is going to last a while, with no stickiness.

Last but not least I ordered another Flawless finish face powder, I already own Medium however on a fair skin or under the eyes it has a little too much colour so I opted for Fair.

That was order number one, of course it came beautifully packaged and filled with an array of samples to try, as if I need any encouragement!

So the whole purpose of the first order was the brown eyeliner for my bride, which I fell in love with and had to keep for myself, which meant the reason for order number 2 was still the brown eyeliner for my bride!

MY LATEST CHARLOTTE TILBURY HAUL

I had seen on Instagram the beautiful Bigger brighter eyes paletttes and knew one had to be mine, I chose the shade Exaggereyes, a beautiful 4 shadow palette in soft neutral tones, perfect for a more subtle bridal look.

Ok, not sure whether I was having a senior moment or whether it’s just automatic as I can’t be without it but another Wonderglow ended up in the order.

Another product I can’t live without is the amazing Magic cream, a thick moisturiser packed full of skincare goodness which provides a great base for makeup.

During my first order I had wanted to order Eyes to Mesmerize in the shade Jean however it was out of stock, this time I was in luck! A beautiful champagne shimmery cream shadow, perfect for inner eye highlight.

I own quite a few Charlotte Tilbury lipsticks and I tend to buy the neutral to pinky shades but with quite a bit of colour as those are the shades I wear myself however I get asked for some quite pale nudes so decided to order Kim KW and Liv it up to add to my collection.

So lots of new toys to play with and yet more samples, which are my little treats.

What is your favourite Charlotte Tilbury product?

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HOW TO STOP CONCEALER CREASING UNDER THE EYES

HOW TO STOP CONCEALER CREASING UNDER THE EYES

This issue has been the bane of my life, as I slowly…ok not so slowly approach the big 4-0 I must have tried at least that number of products under my eyes, if this is something that bothers you too then here’s HOW TO STOP CONCEALER CREASING UNDER THE EYES.

I have quite bad under eye hollows which cause a dark appearance and make you look tired (hereditary in my case, cheers mum)…so my quest for a bright, concealed eye area began.

Everything I tried, after a few hours made me look about 10 years older….WHAT! So my research continued.

Two main tips that seem to appear when researching this problem are

1 Powder under your eye to set the products in place.

2 Don’t use a thick, dry concealer under the eye, use something more creamy.

OK, so I tried those two tips.

Powdering made my under eye’s look dry, more lined and….well powdery and creamier concealers seemed to slide around and find even more little tiny lines to seep into than before.

I tried using eye creams, high end concealers, drugstore concealers, brightening powders, translucent powders…you name it I tried it and whilst some were definitely better than others non seemed to rid me of the problem.

So HOW TO STOP CONCEALER CREASING UNDER THE EYES….well…….you can’t!

No matter what age you are your skin will move with expression and lines will form, on younger people they disappear straight away, as you get older they never go.

Hydrating the eye area is definitely key, helping to reduce fine lines caused by dryness and dehydration will help dramatically, soft supple skin is always going to look better.

However, I find heavier creams under makeup don’t sit well on my skin, so I use a hydrating cream or even an eye oil at night and a hydrating eye gel in the day before makeup.

HOW TO STOP CONCEALER CREASING UNDER THE EYES

 

Obviously keeping your body hydrated, getting enough sleep and reducing stress will all help your under eyes to be less dark.

The two main things that will help prevent creasing are

How much product you use

The less product you use on the skin, especially around the eyes, the better. So to make sure you can still cover everything you need to, the product needs to be quite opaque.

Pressing the concealer into the skin will provide more coverage than wiping or buffing onto the skin.

Anything too light in texture will not cover the darkness resorting in needing to reapply more product.

Make sure your concealer is peachy toned, this will help counteract any blue tones under the eye.

HOW TO STOP CONCEALER CREASING UNDER THE EYES

Where you put it

If you watch YouTube tutorials you will see an array of white under eye upside down triangles, which is fine for 20 year old’s, as you get older you can’t get away with that amount of product under the whole eye.

As you can see from one of my client’s before and after pictures below, the darkness will always be mainly in the inner eye whilst any lines will appear on the outer eye, all we are trying to conceal is darkness so no product is needed on the outer eye, this is the part that as you talk, smile etc will move and so will any product that is on there.

HOW TO STOP CONCEALER CREASING UNDER THE EYES

As you are applying your concealer smile in the mirror, where your smile lines appear avoid placing any product.

So to recap

  • Keep your under eye skin hydrated
  • Drink water
  • Get your 8 hours of sleep
  • Use a product opaque enough to conceal what you need to. make sure its peachy toned
  • Don’t apply too much product
  • Smile when you apply your concealer and don’t apply on your smile lines

My favourite eye products are

Gels for day/under makeup

Chanel Hydra beauty micro gel yeux

Elemis Pro collagen eye treatment

Creams for night

Kiehls creamy eye treatment with avocado 

Charlotte Tilbury magic eye rescue

Bobbi brown hydrating eye cream

Concealers

Nars radiant creamy concealer

Dior Diorskin Star concealer

What are your favourite eye products? Comment below

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GET THE LOOK MATTE SMOKEY EYE

This is another look that I get asked to recreate a lot and also receive a lot of questions about which products I have used, so here’s how to GET THE LOOK MATTE SMOKEY EYE.

GET THE LOOK MATTE SMOKEY EYE

This was a look for a bridesmaid last year, this lady was used to wearing an evening makeup and wanted to feel glammed up but suitable for a bridesmaid role and this look worked perfectly. Depth and drama around the eyes yet soft for wedding.

GET THE LOOK MATTE SMOKEY EYE

Prep

The clients skin was prepped with Garnier micellar water and a light la roche posay moisturiser.

Eyes

MAC paint pot was used as a base over the eye area and brows were accentuated using Anastasia brow powder, clear brow gel and defined with Nars concealer.

MAC blanc type was used on the lid with cork, soft brown, espresso and carbon blended to achieve a gorgeous smoke. Feline pencil was used on the water line and smoked out using carbon.

Eldora M102 lashes were used to add that touch of glam and Illamasqua liner finished off the look.

Skin

Charlotte Tilbury Wonderglow was applied to the skin to prime and a little pore filler added where necessary.

Estee Lauder Doublewear was buffed in to the skin and MAC Pro longwear concealer applied under the eyes.

Mineralize skin finish by MAC was used to give definition and shape to the face, whilst peaches added a pop of colour and soft and gentle for a touch of highlight.

Lips

MAC Spice lip liner and velvet teddy were applied to the lips for a soft nude.

GET THE LOOK MATTE SMOKEY EYE

For any further questions please comment below

Is this a look you would recreate?

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